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    Nationals' Williams continues to speak highly of Dan Uggla
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:42 pm ET) Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla continues to make a strong push for a roster spot, as he is batting .323 (10 for 31) with two home runs, two doubles and six RBI in 15 spring games.

    "I just think his direction is good," manager Matt Williams said, per MASNsports.com. "It has been good, the fact that he's just taking balls to right field. He's shown some power the other way in spring, which is good. For him, that's key.

    "I know that he feels good about where he's at, I know he feels good about seeing the ball. And the results are showing so yeah, I think he's performed really well. He's been a joy to have around. He's a veteran guy, understands the whole process of spring training, but he's worked really hard, too. So for me he's been real good."


    Salazar demoted; McAllister, House, Tomlin will compete for final spots
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (12:40 pm ET) The Indians have optioned right-hander Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus, just a day removed from a dreadful Cactus League outing, according to the Plain Dealer.

    Salazar coughed up seven runs -- six earned -- on six hits and no walks while striking out six over 3 1/3 innings of work against the Reds. The 25-year-old posted a whopping 8.18 ERA through 11 innings this spring.

    "I don't know. The stuff is definitely there. It's not there yet consistently, whether he's locating or following a pitch up with two pitches in a row," manager Terry Francona said after Salazar's outing on Thursday. "Again, we'll keep working at it -- that's for darn sure -- but the results weren't the kind of what we're looking for."

    The demotion narrows Zach McAllister, T.J. House and Josh Tomlin down to the two final spots in the rotation. House and Tomlin have options, while McAllister is out of options and could be in line for one of those two spots, per the Plain Dealer.


    Reds' Marquis happy with way he is throwing baseball post-surgery
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:30 pm ET) Reds starting pitcher Jason Marquis hasn't made a start in the majors since 2013 while working his way back from Tommy John surgery. But the 36-year-old pitcher has had a career resurgence this spring and is on track to open the season in the Reds' rotation.

    "The ball is coming out of my hand in a way it hasn't the last five years," Marquis said, per MLB.com. "I've gotten some velocity back, but that's not the big thing. There's just more life on the ball.

    "I'm throwing the ball instead of pushing it, guiding it. I think maybe I developed bad habits over those years to protect the elbow so I can pitch. More than anything, that's what I'm happiest with."

    Marquis is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in five spring starts.


    Swihart could be Opening Day catcher if Vazquez remains sidelined
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (12:28 pm ET) Though he was optioned to Triple-A last week, Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that he would be open to going with catching prospect Blake Swihart if Christian Vazquez remains sidelined with an elbow issue, according to the Boston Herald. Farrell will likely wait a little over a week before he decides on his Opening Day catcher.

    "Anybody in our uniform is always under consideration," Farrell said. "We'll see how things play out in the next eight or nine days."


    Bridich: Rockies' Gray's arbitration timeline won't impact decision
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:20 pm ET) Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said starting pitcher prospect Jonathan Gray's arbitration timeline will be a "non-factor" in deciding when the highly touted prospect will make his MLB debut, per The Denver Post.

    "That is not part of our consideration," he said. "Jon has pitched very well, but there still are a lot of things to consider, but the decision will not be based on (arbitration)."

    Gray, who is competing for the final spot in the rotation with Christian Bergman and Eddie Butler, is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five spring outings (two starts). He has nine strikeouts to one walk in 13 innings.


    MRI on White Sox P Jake Petricka's elbow comes back clean
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (12:15 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka underwent an MRI on his sore elbow, which came back clean, according to the ESPN. Petricka was recently shut down a few days and told reporters he underwent an MRI "just to be safe." He's expected to resume throwing on Saturday.

    Twins' Phil Hughes strikes out seven Class A batters Friday
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:50 am ET) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes made a minor-league start Friday against Rays' Class A players, per MLB.com. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits (one home run) in six innings, while throwing 69 pitches and recording seven strikeouts.

    Hughes is 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in four spring starts. He has allowed eight runs on 13 hits (two home runs) and five walks, while striking out 10 in 11 1/3 innings.


    Orioles' Kevin Gausman to pitch five innings on Tuesday
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (11:29 am ET) Although Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman could be in line to start the season in the bullpen, manager Buck Showalter told reporters he'll make another start on Tuesday, per MLB.com. Gausman is tentatively scheduled to pitch five innings against the Rays. He has allowed two runs in four innings this spring.

    If a game gets rained out from Friday until his next start, Gausman could be bumped Tuesday in favor of Ubaldo Jimenez, according to the Baltimore Sun.


    Red Sox's Joe Kelly pitches three innings in intrasquad game
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (11:24 am ET) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly (biceps) pitched three innings in a minor-league intrasquad games, according to Comcast SportsNet Northeast. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five. Of his 53 pitches, 31 were strikes.

    Indians OF Nick Swisher tests injured knees in minor-league game
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (11:16 am ET) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher took part in sliding drills to test his injured knees before playing in a minor-league game on Thursday, according to the Plain Dealer.

    "He slid on the mat," said Francona. "He needed to do that. You can't let a guy get in a game without being able to slide because you never know what can happen."


     
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